The 41st Side features the extended Queensbridge rap family -- Nas, Havoc, Prodigy, Cormega, Big Noyd, Nature, Tragedy Khadafi, Capone, Noreaga, and many more -- dropping rhymes over the course of 21 tracks. Though there is an exorbitant amount of interludes here, there's still no shortage of songs. Yet even so, due to the endless list of rappers, no one gets more than a verse or two. That's unfortunate because many of the better-known rappers here -- Nas, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga -- are some of the best MCs in the rap game, whereas many of the no-names here are essentially amateurs. It's this wavering level of quality MCing, along with what seems like a half-hearted effort on everyone's part -- rappers and producers -- that makes The 41st Side less than noteworthy. The preceding year's QB Finest compilation featured most of these same rappers, yet managed to get a much better performance out of everyone, in addition to featuring some excellent production. The 41st Side feels awfully similar to QB Finest, though not nearly as effective. Go with QB Finest first, and if that really impresses you, then seek out The 41st Side -- it's mostly recommended to Queensbridge fanatics.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier